Teaching arrangements - Frequently Asked Questions

When should students return to Aberystwyth?

Under the Government advice, for the time being universities in Wales cannot resume in-person teaching.

This means that you will continue to receive your courses online, unless you are contacted by your department to inform you that in-person teaching will be taking place. This applies to undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are currently in the UK or overseas.

If you do need to return for in-person teaching, your academic department will contact you with specific arrangements for what you will need to do and when.

If all your teaching remains online, please do not return to Aberystwyth, unless it is absolutely necessary.  These arrangements are in place until after the Easter break, and we will write again with updated advice for the period after Easter as soon as possible.

Which students can return to Aberystwyth now?

Welsh Government guidance to university students and staff is to stay home and work or study from home if you can.

With this in mind, please do not return to Aberystwyth for the time being unless it is absolutely necessary to do so. 

There are some categories of students who can return to Aberystwyth now, including:

  • Those who consider their home to be in the University or elsewhere the Aberystwyth area
  • Those for whom on-line study is very difficult to achieve unless they make use of University accommodation and study facilities
  • A small number of students who may need to attend in-person sessions as their studies lead to professionally accredited qualifications (these students would be notified separately)
  • Postgraduate students where laboratory or similar work is essential
  • Those for whom it is impossible to change travel plans.

Is the University campus open at present?

Welsh Government guidance to university students and staff is to stay home and work or study from home if you can.

With this in mind, we are asking students not to return to Aberystwyth for the time being unless it is absolutely necessary to do so. 

While national restrictions are in place, the University remains open for essential campus activity including research, access into laboratories, libraries and study areas.

It is not possible/practical for me to study at home. Can I return to Aberystwyth?

Welsh Government guidance to university students and staff is to stay home and work or study from home if you can.

With this in mind, we are asking students not return to Aberystwyth for the time being unless it is absolutely necessary to do so. 

There are some categories of students who can return to Aberystwyth now, including those for whom on-line study is very difficult to achieve unless they make use of University accommodation and study facilities.

I am a postgraduate student and have essential work that needs to be completed on campus (e.g. laboratory work). Can I return to Aberystwyth?

Welsh Government guidance to university students and staff is to stay home and work or study from home if you can.

With this in mind, we are asking students not return to Aberystwyth for the time being unless it is absolutely necessary to do so. 

There are some categories of students who can return to Aberystwyth now, including postgraduate students where laboratory or similar work is essential.

You have temporarily suspended in-person teaching, do I need to make a request to study from home at the moment?

Because of the present state of the pandemic, the Welsh Government is asking students to stay home to reduce the spread of the virus.

With this in mind, please do not return to Aberystwyth for the time being unless it is absolutely necessary to do so.

In light of the latest Welsh Government advice, you do not need to apply to study from home while in-person teaching is temporarily suspended.

I will no longer be in Aberystwyth in time for my LFT appointment. How do I cancel my test?

If you have booked a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) and you no longer need to return to Aberystwyth at this time, please help our testing team by cancelling your booking.

I am overseas and have been contacted by my department to tell me that I need to return to Aberystwyth for in-person teaching on my course. What do I need to know?

If you need to return to Aberystwyth from overseas, please make sure you have the latest information relating to travel regulations.  The regulations are reviewed and updated regularly – please check the latest position in plenty of time before your planned departure date.  Also, be aware that the law in Wales may differ to the law applicable in other parts of the UK.

The following webpages contain useful information:

If you are returning to Aberystwyth from abroad and require different accommodation in which to self-isolate because of the COVID-19 travel rules, please e-mail accommodation@aber.ac.uk and we will seek to help with this.

It is also important that you update your Student Record to show that you are self-isolating.  This will give you information on access to provisions and support whilst you isolate.  You can also email coronavirus@aber.ac.uk to let us know.

Already in Aberystwyth?

Am I allowed to travel between Aberystwyth University and home?

The Welsh Government is asking students to help to keep Wales safe by not travelling frequently between university and home.

You should only move between your term time address and your home address if absolutely necessary, for example for work, to provide or receive care or because of concerns about your wellbeing.

You should not return home for a ‘visit’ during this period.

You should not travel home if you have been asked to self-isolate or have Covid-19 symptoms.